Guajes (Leucaena leucocephala - aka haujes, cuaje, hauxaya, guaje beans, wild tamarind) are a vegetable used in Mexican and some SE Asian cuisines - the long, flat, stiff green/brown pods of the Leucaena tree. Inside the pods are small red or green seeds (roughly the size of pumpkin seeds) with a grassy, garlicky & slightly bitter flavor.
Guajes seeds can be extracted from the pods as you would peas. Once extracted they are eaten raw, roasted, pureed, or dried (whole or ground) as a high protein snack, vegetable side or as an ingredient in other dishes.
Store guajes in your refrigerator.
RECIPES & TIPS
People usually only eat guajes seeds. Once removed from their pods, guaje seeds can be eaten raw, fried, roasted or toasted.
Enjoy guajes seeds as a snack, added to salads, used as a garnish for plates, blended with avocado & lime to make guacamole, cooked in stews (guasmole), used in green salsas or in cooked sauces (particularly moles). They are also sometimes dried, then ground for use as a seasoning.
Sometimes the outer pods are chopped and used to flavor fishes, but they are generally too woody for most applications